So I'm super late on my Daring Bakers Challenge! I was out of town for a family funeral on the reveal day, and I'm just now getting around to posting! Sorry to my fellow DB's!
This month's challenge of Cheesecake Pops was hosted by Elle from Feeding My Enthusiasms and Deborah of Taste and Tell. Visit both of their blogs to see what they came up with, as well as for the recipe! The original recipe comes from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Goey by Jill O'Connor. I decided to bake them for my boyfriend because he loves cheesecake!
A 10 inch pan is the recommended pan size, but after spending so much money on 5 bricks of cream cheese, I wasn't about to go out and buy a new pan. So I bought an aluminum cheapy from the grocery store, and hoped it would do. The pan ended up insanely full, but luckily it didn't rise all the way out of the pan!
Some fellow DBer's had trouble with the bake time, and I did as well. The recipe said it would bake from 35-45 minutes, but mine took over an hour to brown and set up. But it ended up tasting yummy, so that's all that counts.
I had purchased a scoop for this challenge, and was worried when I heard that others had to actually roll the balls out, but was still hopeful that my scooper would work. I was wrong!
I love cheesecake, but it’s not something I particularly wanted to wear. My hands were on the verge of suffocating as every inch of my skin was plastered in cheesecake! I found that washing my hands in between every 7 or 8 balls made them easier to roll, but of course then my soap was covered in cheesecake greasiness that I wasn't sure how I was going get off. How does one clean soap? Is it even possible? I figured that was existential question I would leave for another time when I was not covered in cheesecake and debating on just covering myself in chocolate for my boyfriend.
After chilling the rolled buddies, I melted my wafer chocolate and started dipping. I used milk chocolate, and in hindsight I should have gone with dark chocolate. They were just too sweet with the milk chocolate, but they still tasted delicious! I decided just to drizzle colored chocolate on top to give them a little color and decoration.
I think they turned out cute and they tasted great, so I'm happy with them! I would make them again, but I would let them chill a lot longer before coating them in chocolate, because the sticks started to come loose after a while.
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